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Roast Pork Loin Southwest Style

Roast Pork Loin Southwest StyleYour family will shout 'olé!' when they taste this Southwestern roast. Enjoy with seasoned corn on the cob and baked sweet potatoes.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (4-pound) boneless pork loin roast
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped (about 2 cups)
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tomatillo, peeled, chopped (about 1/3 cup; optional)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped, seeded (optional)
1 (4-ounce) diced green chiles, drained
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

Cooking Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tomatoes, onion, cilantro, tomatillos, garlic, jalapeño pepper and chiles; cook about 2 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring frequently. Add oregano, cumin, red pepper and coriander; mix well. Refrigerate mixture until thoroughly chilled.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Spray shallow baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Using sharp knife, cut 8 to 10 slits about 1 inch long and 1 inch deep in top and sides of pork roast. Press heaping teaspoonful of cold vegetable mixture into each slit; spread remaining mixture over top and sides of roast. Place in prepared pan. Roast for about 1 1/2 hours, or until meat thermometer registers 155°F (approximately 65°C).
  4. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Makes 16 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/16 of recipe): Calories 180 calories Protein 26 grams Fat 7 grams Sodium 133 milligrams Cholesterol 66 milligrams.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of National Pork Board.